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participant at the Ski Industries America trade show in Las Vegas, March 1-5. For more information about the show, contact Mary Jo Tarallo at SIA, 703-556-9020/

 THE OP TECH LINE SNOW PROS' CLOTHES
 IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- "Tail-grab nosepoke to


fakie" -- a foreign language? football jargon? No, it's snowboard- speak. With upwards of 35 percent of all skiers in the west now enjoying snowboarding, and that figure predicted to rise soon to 50 percent, it's a sport with a language and gear all its own.
 Op knows snowboarding. The five-year-old Op Tech line was developed for serious snowboarders and other cold weather enthusiasts and is based on quality, price and function, says Bobby Klotz, president of Op Sunwear, Ltd.
 Designed by Kristin Blanck, the 1993 Op Tech line consists of 40 fully lined, water-repellent pieces in mens, boys and unisex sizes including jackets, pants, caps, floppy hats, knit caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts in "street" or "urban" styles, plaids, tattooed looks and the dark colors favored by hard-core snowboarders.
 But to these athletes, function is even more important than form. "Snowboarders think in terms of what their clothes say about them, so style is obviously important," Klotz says. "But more important is what the line does for them -- the Op Tech line offers features such as performance knee and butt pads to protect against falls. The pads are also removable for the more experienced rider."
 The Op Tech line is priced between $90.00 - $165.00 retail for jackets and other outerwear, $80.00 - $160.00 retail for pants and $18.00 - $25.00 retail for hats. Orders placed by April 1993 will be delivered in September/October.
 Op Tech shell fabrics are made of supplex, a nylon with an acrylic- base coating for water resistance, 100 percent cotton twill, a 100 percent brushed acrylic, surf fleece and a 50-50 polyester/cotton blend sweat fleece. Linings are 100 percent nylon or polypropylene thermal mesh. Performance pads are of pack cordura (100 percent nylon) with foam rubber removable pads. Insulations are made of thermofil, a blend of millions of extruded, staple polyester fibers, and Thermotex, a compact insulation material.
 The line also features a small collection of Hypertech(TM) items, which are both waterproof and breathable.
 A complete Op Tech line description is available. Please contact Burson-Marsteller at 213-386-8776.
 -0- 2/26/93
 /CONTACT: Marijane Levee of Burson-Marsteller, 213-251-4686, for Ocean Pacific Sunwear, Ltd./


CO: Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ltd. ST: California IN: TEX SU: PDT

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